Australian Alumni

Message from the President of CMC Alumni

Association of Australia

Dr. Mahiban Thomas


Dear Fellow Alumni

We had an enjoyable meeting at Mildura last month; I thoroughly enjoyed the themed meeting, showcasing the end of life. The feedback forms indicate that this was unanimous. The cruise dinner and the magician were outstanding. Well done Drs Kirubakaran!

Annapurna Nori is co-ordinating a publication from the excellent and thought provoking presentations from that meeting, which was also CME approved.

At the AGM, we elected a new Executive, which is Dr. Stephen Aseervatham as Treasurer, Dr Meshach Kirubakaran as our Secretary, and myself as the President; Dr Vineet Nayyar, who completed his three-year tenure as President will remain on the Executive as immediate Past-President.

Our concerns at the AGM centred around how best to engage with the more recent batches from Vellore, and I would like to create a WhatsApp group as an enabler. If you would like to be a part of this, please reply briefly to me with your phone number. Hopefully, short messages will be less imposing, and perhaps enhance a sense of community within this group.

Our next meeting is scheduled in Hobart. Anu and Nitin Verma are hoping to make this a big get-together, with significant social events and perhaps even childcare.

A gentle reminder about a return email with a phone number to include on a WhatsApp group for the GOTCHA.

Kind regards,




Australian Alumni Gathering

13th Annual Gathering of the Clan – 2017

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October , 2017

Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

Grand Chanceller 

Organisers: Nitin & Anu Verma

Dear Friends,

The countdown to the CMC Alumni meeting in Hobart, from 20-22 October 2017, has begun

• We would request you to finalize your plans at the earliest,
• complete the registration (form and payment),
• reserve your accommodation – The Hotel Grand Chancellor has rooms blocked for CMC, but they will not hold them for too long !
• book your flights
• And, let us know what you are planning to speak on

• Please send completed forms and abstracts to Nitin Verma [email protected]

The theme of this year’s meeting is:

You are invited to submit a brief abstract (100 words) of your talk on a topic related to this theme.
The talk should be for 15 minutes with 5 minutes discussion time.

Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 AUGUST 2017.
This will allow us to construct the program and get the application
for CPD points through the system.
If you know if somebody who would like to attend and has not received the conference documents, please feel free to forward this on .
Feel free to contact us if you need to .

Otherwise see you in Spring in Hobart !

With best wishes

Anu and Nitin Verma




Call for Abstracts & Scientific Program





CMC Alumni Association

Medical Alumni Reunion 2017

10th to 12th August 2017
at CMC Vellore.


The Medical Alumni Reunion was held from 10th to 12th August 2017. Over 200 alumni from various parts of the world gathered in Vellore to take part in the celebrations. The special batches were 1942, 1947, 1952,1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992.
The celebrations commenced on 11th August with the representatives of the special reunion batches sharing their experiences with the medical students. The alumni who spoke included Dr Rohan Ganguli (1967), Dr Christiana Joseph (1972), Dr Dayalan Clarke (1977), Dr PrabhakarThyagarajan (1982), Dr Prathap Lath and Madhavi Singh (1987) and Distrait John and Mini Elizabeth George (1992). There were short video clips of interviews with Dr Rose Satyam (1942) and Dr Zarina Isaac (1947). This was followed by a CME session. The speakers included Dr K.S. Joseph (1977), Dr Liza Jacob (1982), Dr Sekhar Krishnan (1987) and Dr Shalini Mishra (1992).
The General Reunion on 12th August began with traditional tree planting. The Director, Dr Sunil Chandy and the Principal, Dr Anna Pulimood presented some of the newer developments in CMC to the alumni. The Medical Superintendent, Dr C.E. Eapen offered his felicitations. The President of the Student’s Association Mr. Shantanu Nayak welcomed the alumni on behalf of the student body. At the General Body Meeting of the Alumni Association, the office bearers who were nominated and elected were: Dr Abraham Peedicayil (1975) elected as President. Dr Anne Jennifer Priscilla (1991) elected as Treasurer for a period of 3 years. Dr Pritish John Korula (1998) elected as Entertainment Secretary for a period of 1 year. Dr B. Selvamani (Treasurer, Alumni Association, 2013-2017). Dr. Abhay Gahukamble (Entertainment Secretary, Alumni Association, 20152017) for the activities of the Alumni Association was appreciated. The contributions of Dr Prathap Tharyan (President, Alumni Association, 2012-2017) were highlighted followed by the introductions and photographs of the special batch, who then proceeded to the Men’s and Women’s Hostels, where the current students, along with the alumni, entertained the crowd.
At the Thanksgiving Service in the Scudder Auditorium, Dr Geegee George (1977) gave the message. The newest batch of alumni (the present interns), were given the charge to serve and not to seek to be served. Drs. Roy Joseph (1967) and Dr Lenny Markose (1972) passed on the torch of light to the representatives of the batch of 2012. This was followed by the informal entertainment, which had the packed Scudder auditorium in splits of laughter. The alumni left with loads of photographs and memories of happy times spent in Vellore.


 Minutes of the Alumni AGM

August 12th, 2017
held at Scudder Auditorium
CMC Vellore

scudder auditorium


Minutes of the Annual General Body Meeting held on 12th August 2017.

Special batches represented: 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992.

Meeting Chaired by: Dr Prathap Tharyan, President of Alumni Association.

1. A minute silence was observed in in remembrance of alumni who had passed on in the previous year.

2. Reports of the Secretary and Treasurer
Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham, Secretary presented the minutes of the Annual General Body meeting held on 13th August 2016 which had been circulated prior to the meeting. As there were no questions or issues raised, the minutes were passed.
Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham presented the Secretary’s report which was circulated earlier by mail, and Dr B. Selvamani presented the Treasurer’s report which was circulated by hard copy. As there were no questions regarding these reports, these were passed by the General Body.

3. Website and App
Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham updated the alumni on the progress made with the website and app. It was mentioned while the committee had hoped to release these prior to the reunion, there were some delays and hence both the website and the app would be release within a week or two following the reunion.

4. Wi-fi Connectivity during the period of the Reunion
Arrangements had been made for the Wi-Fi connectivity during the time of Reunion at the Scudder Auditorium and in other locations in the college and hospital where there is a wireless booster.

5. Credit card facility in the CHTC Guest House
Arrangements had been made for the alumni who are staying in the CHTC guest house to pay their bills using credit card between 9.00 and 4.00 pm on weekdays and 9.00 to 1.00 pm on Saturdays.

6. Networking with PG Alumni & developing the PG Alumni database
The alumni were updated on the progress made with regard to networking and communication with the PG alumni. While this has been easier for the MBBS alumni, it was mentioned that the Alumni Office has contact details for about 50% of the PG alumni. The committee would be pursuing this through the various departments, but also requested all the alumni to help in getting the contact details for the PG alumni. Dr Vinod also mentioned that the office would welcome help from retired alumni to make the database more complete. Dr Edward Nathan (1987) suggested that regional coordinators could also be roped in to fill in gaps in the alumni database.

7. Medical alumni – Health Care Assistance Fund
A full description of the Medical alumni – Health Care Assistance Fund was circulated prior to the reunion, and a summary was presented at the time of the reunion. The alumni were informed that this was initiated by Dr Susie Samuel (1964), Dr Raman (1964) and Dr Thomas P. Thurairatnam (1973) and would be managed by the Alumni Association along with a few members in the administration. While the original proposal was to build up a corpus of Rupees one crore, Dr George Jayaprakash (1967) suggested that we aim for a higher amount of Rupees five crore in view of the increasing cost of health care. He also suggested that a summarised version of the request be sent around rather than a long document.
There was a suggestion that while we pursue this initiative, we also send out individual request as and when needed. Dr Prathap Tharyan, Dr Renu Solomon (1967) and a few others quickly pointed that the very reason this was initiated was to uphold the dignity of alumni affected and to avoid having to pass around a hat in each case. This was understood and accepted.
The suggestion to incorporate ‘distress fund’ in the name was mentioned and accepted.

8. Dr Rajiv Choudhrie (1982) informed the alumni of the difficulties being faced by the Christian Hospital, Mungeli due to some false allegations made against Dr Anil Henry (1984). Any alumni who were in a position to offer help or contact people who could help in the situation were requested to write to the Alumni Association from where these suggestions would be forwarded.

9. Alumni reunion 2018
The dates for the next Alumni Reunion were confirmed – August 9th – 11th, 2018.
Special batches for reunion 2017 – 1943, ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ‘88, ’93

10. Election of office bearers
On the recommendation of the committee, the following members were nominated:
President – Dr Abraham Peedicayil (1975) elected as President currently for one year to complete the term of Dr Prathap Tharyan (i.e. till August 2018). (Seconded by Dr P. Zachariah – 1949)
Treasurer – Dr Anne Jennifer Priscilla (1991) elected as Treasurer for a period of 3 years (i.e. till August 2020) (Seconded by Dr Sudha Jasmine – 1992).
Entertainment – Dr Pritish John Korula (1998) elected as Entertainment Secretary for a
period of 1 year (i.e. till August 2018) (Seconded by Dr Vaibhav Londhe – 1992).
The above nominations were unanimously approved and passed by the General Body.
Appreciation was recorded for the outgoing President Dr Prathap Tharyan, Treasurer Dr B. Selvamani and Entertainment Secretary Dr Abhay Gahukamble.
While appreciating the contribution of Dr Prathap Tharyan, outgoing President, the alumni were informed that the idea of revamping the website and introducing an app for easier access was introduced by Dr Prathap. In the initial phase, he had provided the services of staff and server space from his projects to reduce the cost on the Alumni Association. As the needs of the website and app outgrew what was possible from this source, Dr Prathap took the initiative to bring in different service providers from among whom the current provider was selected.

11. On behalf of the committee, Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham thanked the representatives of the special batches for coordinating the various events and activities with their batches.

The meeting ended with the College Song.


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